Physical therapist Tess Bartlett welcomes Marine hero Travis McCormick home after a devastating accident. She is a good friend, forever the tomboy-next-door in his eyes, and Travis has no idea that she has always loved him. He is determined to rejoin his special-ops unit in two weeks, when he suddenly sees Tess in an entirely new light. But one of his old enemies is determined to ruin his career and his relationship with Tess. Basic Training (4.5), by Julie Miller, has a heartbreakingly real heroine, which leaves you hoping for her happiness. Humor and suspense elements are also well developed.